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Sauntering to Santiago (free PDF) 2013-10-21

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DSouthard

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Camino Catalan, (May-July 2012), Via Francigena (Barcelona to Rome - 2015), Via Francigena (Rome to Canterbury - 2016)
DSouthard submitted a new resource:

Sauntering to Santiago (free PDF) - One Pilgrim's Journey on the Camino de Santiago

For members of this site, I have posted a free PDF version of my memoir, Sauntering to Santiago. The images have been reduced in quality in order to upload to this site. It's also available for your Kindle, Nook, Sony, and other formats from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Smashwords.com, and other e-book distributors. (With higher quality images)

This is not a travelogue - you won't find route guides or much information on where to stay or what to take with you. Rather, it's a record...

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k-fun

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Camino Francés (2011), Camino Portugués (2013), Camino St. Jaume (2013)
Thank you very much. Your gift arrived 2 years after completing my first Camino 10-21-11
 

KiwiNomad06

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Le Puy-Santiago(2008) Cluny-Conques+prt CF(2012)
Thanks. I have downloaded it as well, and look forward to reading it. Margaret
 
A thought-provoking Camino memoir. This day-by-day account will inspire you.
how to successfully prepare for your Camino
This book's focus is on reducing the risk of failure through being well prepared.

alicia

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2014 Camino Frances (27 Mar - May)
DeMar Southard,
I downloaded your book and began reading it shortly after; it was great, thank you for being so frank.
I was totally intrigued and hooked when you began your pilgrimage in Montserrat. We went on a pilgrimage with our church last year to Fatima and Lourdes and were fortunate to visit many holy sites in between. We stayed in Montserrat two nights; we got there in time to hear vespers the first night and oh that was beautiful beyond words...when the boys choir sang, I knew that that must be how it sounds when angels sing.

After reading your book (finished it on Friday), I appreciate the new understanding I have on just how hard it's going to be for us walking day after day, after day after day. We are trying to prepare as much as we can for next Spring but realize that it will only be by God's grace should we be able to walk to the end.

I love mystics' writings and many of your thoughts were conveyed in such form. I hope that after my camino, I will be chopping wood and carrying water.

Thank you so much for sharing your book,
Blessings, A Diaz

[I would like to read your mom's book; where / how can I get it?]
 

DSouthard

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Camino Catalan, (May-July 2012), Via Francigena (Barcelona to Rome - 2015), Via Francigena (Rome to Canterbury - 2016)
DeMar Southard,
I downloaded your book and began reading it shortly after; it was great, thank you for being so frank.
I was totally intrigued and hooked when you began your pilgrimage in Montserrat. We went on a pilgrimage with our church last year to Fatima and Lourdes and were fortunate to visit many holy sites in between. We stayed in Montserrat two nights; we got there in time to hear vespers the first night and oh that was beautiful beyond words...when the boys choir sang, I knew that that must be how it sounds when angels sing.

After reading your book (finished it on Friday), I appreciate the new understanding I have on just how hard it's going to be for us walking day after day, after day after day. We are trying to prepare as much as we can for next Spring but realize that it will only be by God's grace should we be able to walk to the end.

I love mystics' writings and many of your thoughts were conveyed in such form. I hope that after my camino, I will be chopping wood and carrying water.

Thank you so much for sharing your book,
Blessings, A Diaz

[I would like to read your mom's book; where / how can I get it?]
Thank you so much for your kind words. I wish I could have described in some small way how moved I was by the boys choir at Montserrat. Since you've heard them, you know that that's impossible.
I'm glad you enjoyed the book. When you make your own pilgrimage it will be difficult - maybe not in the same way it was for me, but as far as I know no one sails through the Camino without a struggle. But God's grace is more than abundant all along the way and you'll get to Santiago.

About the other book, if you go to Barnes and Noble or Amazon and look up my name, you'll find Letters From Paris. If you don't have a Kindle, Nook, or other e-reader let me know and I'll send you a copy.

Buen camino, mi amiga y vaya con Dios.
 

alicia

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2014 Camino Frances (27 Mar - May)
I have a mini ipad so I'll try to download it there, thank you so much for the info and maybe someday we'll meet on a future camino!
Blessings amigo!
 

C clearly

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Most years since 2012. Hoping now for 2022.
I finished your book and enjoyed it very much. It was thoughtful and engaging, but I thought you were "Yearning for Santiago" more than "Sauntering to Santiago." I hope your plans for another camino are going well. Thanks for the good read.
 

canis_major

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Did 200km in 2012. Did some more kms in 2014! and also volunteered as a hospitalero at an albergue for 2 weeks!
Just stumbled across your book here while browsing. Started reading and will definitely continue. Montserrat grabbed my attention straight away, and how you express the ecstasy of the journey. :D Well done! I am very much drawn to the Cami de Sant Jaume and am considering doing it in the future - but was concerned that it is much more expensive and with fewer alberques cp with Camino Frances. Was this your experience?

BTW how do you go about publishing your eBook on various outlets... in particular, I thought if you go with Amazon they want exclusive rights?

Cheers
Gerry
 
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handzondeck2

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CF (x2); VdLP (x4); Portuguese (x2); Madrid (x2); S/Salvador, Primitivo, Ingles ('17) Camino 19 tba
Thank you for sharing your free book. Just downloaded it and look forward to a great adventure
 

DSouthard

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I finished your book and enjoyed it very much. It was thoughtful and engaging, but I thought you were "Yearning for Santiago" more than "Sauntering to Santiago." I hope your plans for another camino are going well. Thanks for the good read.
Thank you for your comments. Planning for the next pilgrimage, Barcelona to Rome, is going well, in fact, I've moved up the departure date to this coming spring. It's going to be long winter - I can hardly wait to get started!
 

DSouthard

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Camino Catalan, (May-July 2012), Via Francigena (Barcelona to Rome - 2015), Via Francigena (Rome to Canterbury - 2016)
Just stumbled across your book here while browsing. Started reading and will definitely continue. Montserrat grabbed my attention straight away, and how you express the ecstasy of the journey. :D Well done! I am very much drawn to the Cami de Sant Jaume and am considering doing it in the future - but was concerned that it is much more expensive and with fewer alberques cp with Camino Frances. Was this your experience?

BTW how do you go about publishing your eBook on various outlets... in particular, I thought if you go with Amazon they want exclusive rights?

Cheers
Gerry
You're right - the Cami St Jaume is more expensive because of the lack of albergues. However, I'm still glad I walked that route; I enjoyed the solitude, the challenges, and of course, Montserrat.

I published my e-book on Smashwords.com, which distributes to all the major outlets except for Amazon. Publishing on Amazon, then, was a separate exercise. Publishing on Amazon is pretty easy, though. The one big difference that affected me was how they handle the table of contents. At Smashwords they don't accept MS Word's automatic creation of a table of contents from the "heading" style. You have to bookmark sections of the document, and then manually create links to those bookmarks in your TOC. Smashwords also only accepts older Word versions; if you use the newest version you'll have to "save as" in the 2007-10 version. As long as you take a little time to read and follow their methods, you won't have a problem.

Amazon only requires exclusivity if you request it to get a better commission rate for 90 days. If you forego that, you can publish anywhere.

Thank you for reading my memoir and for the kind comments. I hope you have a wonderful experience on your camino.

DeMar
 

canis_major

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Did 200km in 2012. Did some more kms in 2014! and also volunteered as a hospitalero at an albergue for 2 weeks!
You're right - the Cami St Jaume is more expensive because of the lack of albergues. However, I'm still glad I walked that route; I enjoyed the solitude, the challenges, and of course, Montserrat.

I published my e-book on Smashwords.com, which distributes to all the major outlets except for Amazon. Publishing on Amazon, then, was a separate exercise. Publishing on Amazon is pretty easy, though. The one big difference that affected me was how they handle the table of contents. At Smashwords they don't accept MS Word's automatic creation of a table of contents from the "heading" style. You have to bookmark sections of the document, and then manually create links to those bookmarks in your TOC. Smashwords also only accepts older Word versions; if you use the newest version you'll have to "save as" in the 2007-10 version. As long as you take a little time to read and follow their methods, you won't have a problem.

Amazon only requires exclusivity if you request it to get a better commission rate for 90 days. If you forego that, you can publish anywhere.

Thank you for reading my memoir and for the kind comments. I hope you have a wonderful experience on your camino.

DeMar

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Frances: May 2014
Finisterre: May 2014
Madrid: May 2016
Del Salvador: May 2016
Primitivo: May 2016
Thank you very much for sharing such a profoundly personal work. May your upcoming Camino truly bring about another enlightened "I".
 

DSouthard

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Camino Catalan, (May-July 2012), Via Francigena (Barcelona to Rome - 2015), Via Francigena (Rome to Canterbury - 2016)
Thank you very much for sharing such a profoundly personal work. May your upcoming Camino truly bring about another enlightened "I".
Thank you for your kind comments. I hope you enjoyed the book. I'm again literally counting the days until I leave on the pilgrimage to Rome, starting in May. I'll be writing about it, but unfortunately I won't be able to post anything on this site, as this is purely for the Santiago pilgrimage. I'll check with Ivar and see if he'll let me post a link to my blog and the next book. Again, thank you for reading and your kind comment.
 

IngridF

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2012, 2015 ,2017, 2019
Thank you for your generosity, I just did the download. I am looking forward to reading about your "slow camino", I might find some similarities to mine. I would love to read about your pilgrimage to Rome and maybe there is a way for Ivar to create a section. Seems to me, there a many pilgrims who have walked to Santiago are now looking into walking to Rome or Jerusalem. The call of a pilgrimage can be very strong.
I am sure your pilgrimage to Rome will be what it needs to be, and as always, a walk within. Buon Cammino Pellegrino Light and Love Ingrid
 

DSouthard

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Thank you for your generosity, I just did the download. I am looking forward to reading about your "slow camino", I might find some similarities to mine. I would love to read about your pilgrimage to Rome and maybe there is a way for Ivar to create a section. Seems to me, there a many pilgrims who have walked to Santiago are now looking into walking to Rome or Jerusalem. The call of a pilgrimage can be very strong.
I am sure your pilgrimage to Rome will be what it needs to be, and as always, a walk within. Buon Cammino Pellegrino Light and Love Ingrid
Thank you. Maybe with enough interest, Ivar will expand this site to include other pilgrimages. I wonder how many people, once they have been bitten by the pilgrim bug, might be looking for the next adventure. I think the Via Francigena is a good candidate for anyone who enjoyed the Camino de Santiago experience.
 

DSouthard

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Camino Catalan, (May-July 2012), Via Francigena (Barcelona to Rome - 2015), Via Francigena (Rome to Canterbury - 2016)
Thanks. I have downloaded it as well, and look forward to reading it. Margaret
Thank you for your kind comment. I'm enjoying your blog.
 
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Sainte-Terrer

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Camino France's (2016)
DSouthard submitted a new resource:

Sauntering to Santiago (free PDF) - One Pilgrim's Journey on the Camino de Santiago



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Thanks for the download! Actually, I 'officially' joined the forum (after eavesdropping into it for months) so that I could have access to your download. And guess what I chose as a forum name?!..."Sainte-Terrer"!! Because I, too, came across the writing of Thoreau! I am completely drawn to this trail and WILL do it in the next year or two! Thanks again for sharing!
 

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